Homer Features

  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its annual Commercial Fisheries Management Report for the 2015 season in Upper Cook Inlet. While the report does extensively cover what happened in the salmon fisheries, it also covers lesser known harvests such as razor clams, smelt and herring, i...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:11am
  • If it slipped your mind, like it almost did the Betster’s, this serves as an official reminder that Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. If mom’s in town, take her to brunch, a walk on the beach, or get nostalgic with the new Jungle Book movie showing at the Homer Theatre. Otherwise, don’t forget ...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:01am
  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center 95 Sterling Highway Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Art, paintings by various artists 4:30-6:30 p.m., First Friday Reception...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:42am
  • Seattle artist Julia Harrison aims to leave Homer a little more beautiful than how she found it. Bunnell Street Arts Center’s current artist-in-residence came to town with simple hand tools that she uses for carving and jewelry making and plans to leave without any artwork she creates during her t...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:38am
  • T here is more than meets the eye in a garden. Liz Johnson and I shared many a pot of tea on dark winter days as we poured over seed catalogs. We shared responsibility for the Garden Clubs’ “Car Wash Garden” for eons. That was an effort that sucked up more of our time and effort than a hanging...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 8:51am
  • Bad weather, zero state funding to prosecute the fishery, and the early arrival of the fish has thrown a bit of a wrench in to the gears of the Togiak sac roe herring fishery. “Windier than all get out,” is how area management biologist Tim Sands described current weather conditions. As of Monda...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:04am
  • If you drove out to the Spit  this week and happened to see a cluster of people huddled against the wind and staring into spotting scopes, no, you didn’t  time travel forward two weeks. We won’t get the big influx of shorebirds until the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival on May 12-15, bu...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:59am
  • Homer musician Tyler Munns has always been an avid David Bowie fan. So when the pop musician’s album “Blackstar” was released Jan. 8, Munns didn’t waste any time listening to it. He wasn’t disappointed.  “It was so much more challenging and innovative than any artists in their prime...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:43am
  • As homeowners turn their thoughts to spring cleaning this time of year, harbormasters are looking at ways to remove abandoned and derelict vessels from their harbors in Alaska. Enter Cook Inletkeeper and the abandoned and derelict vessels, or ADV, program....

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:16am
  • As the Betster writes this, 93 days have passed and the Alaska Legislature still hasn’t passed a budget or solved the state fiscal crisis. That would be the fiscal crisis everyone has been talking about for the past two years.  Meanwhile, construction workers have been doing external work on ...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:13am

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